5 local restaurants in Yakima Gordon Ramsay would love
When it comes to the best food in Yakima you don’t have to look far, it may look like a small town but it’s full of flavor. Yakima is home to some of the best Mexican food, barbecue, burgers and more in all of Washington. However, he does not get the recognition he deserves.
So let’s take a look at the five local restaurants that would make Gordon Ramsay fall in love with the Yakima Valley the same way he made us fall in love. What makes a restaurant local, the locals, the food and the love of the community. So we dug deep and found the best of the best.
5.) Second Street Grill
Not afraid to take liberties with their menu, Second Street Grill has reinvented its menu time and time again by bringing together mixes of different options. Dive into a bowl of yakisoba, eat a chicken and waffle sandwich, or let your taste buds rejoice with comfort food like burgers and the most delicious fries you’ll find. Second Street has earned its place as a local Yakima restaurant. is located where you guessed it, Second street.
4.) Water Fire Restaurant and Bar
Waterfire was a place I had walked through many times and never thought twice about, that is, until my girlfriend made reservations for us. We sat down and were impressed with the ambience of the restaurant, it was classy, beautiful and well maintained. It was just the looks, when the food hit the table it was game over. We dug in and with more than enough food to take home, we devoured it all in no time. Created in Yakima and perfected in Yakima, this restaurant is a leader to watch.
3.) Cowichie Canyon Cuisine
First time I ate at Cowichie Canyon I was in Yakima for the very first time I wasn’t sure what to expect with all the rumors and nasty stories I didn’t think Yakima would have refined cuisine. It was an assumption that turned out to be nothing but false and negative propagated by others. It was eye-opening to bite into that steak and see what Yakima had to offer. Life-changing dishes, incredible chefs, and restaurants that deserved to be acclaimed for the blood sweat and tears that went into building their home. Cowichie Canyon Kitchen is named after…you guessed it Cowichie Canyon in Yakima, you don’t get more local than that.
My first introduction to crafting was waiting in a restaurant with a queue at the door, I thought “No place is worth this wait”. I was wrong, Crafted lives up to its name perfectly, with every chef mastering their craft, perfectly cooked food and perfectly crafted drinks. To think it only exists in Yakima is mind blowing, master chefs from all over the world including Gordon Ramsy should travel here to get their hands on this food.
1.) Los Hernandez Tamales
Los Hernandez seems like one of those hole-in-the-wall restaurants you find in any big city. However, Yakima may look quite large, but it’s actually smaller than you think. Everyone knows everyone, and everyone who has lived in the Yakima Valley has been to Los Hernandez Tamales. Why is that? Because they have arguably the best Tamales in all of Washington. Even winning a James Beard award for their delicious recipes and amazing food, it’s no secret that Yakima takes pride in this restaurant. It has continued to expand into the valley with multiple locations, but it’s still a local restaurant that you can only find in Yakima.